Lessons learned daily
July 22, 2021 8:27am CST
I have lived in this location almost six years. It is rural. Not all farmland but very lacking in industry and business. We have at least a ten minute drive everywhere, with nothing. Usually it is more like thirty to 60 minutes. Hubby has always said since we have older cars we should always have at least three in driving condition, just in case. I cannot argue with that. Yesterday's rapid trip to the VA brought home an aspect of that we had not considered. A car in "driving condition" has sufficient fuel to get you to your most important or needed destination. I am talking about, for us, a car should be able to drive at least 120 miles. We got in the car. I KNEW the pickup does not have enough gas to do much.The car message center told me we could go MAXIMUM 65 miles. Not good enough. We could have fueled in one of our reliable fuel stops Tuesday when we were coming home, but we did not. Soooo while we were trying to make it to VA during office hours, AND hubby was in a great deal of discomfort, we had to take the time to go into one of the towns on our route and get gas. The vehicles we have in our driveway are going to Have to have enough fuel. Oh, and the tires need to be good, and they need to be driven often enough the battery is charged. One of our new lessons learned daily. I need to be able to make it to and from the VA in any vehicle we own, any day.
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• Inverness, Florida
We are lucky in that in the past few years we have a wonderful hospital about 15 minutes away. I can remember living in a rural area that had no hospital or doctors within 90 miles. I guess we really do learn something new everyday.
• United States
We have good hospitals closer, but they are not good with the problem he is having and they actually injured him at least twice. For heart attack or stroke or respiratory we would be right over there. About fifteen minutes.
• United States
My grand dad always taught me when I am at 1/4 tank go fill up. That way I'll never worry about running out of gas. Glad you were able to do so as you went to the VA. Hope your hubby is feeling better and the the appointment went okay for him.